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Old 11-14-2002, 06:25 PM
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Question Life of Shocks on W210 Car

I was wondering if anybody can provide information about the life of shocks on this car ('97 E320). I know it is probably affected by type of roads traveled and perhaps driving style. My car is coming up on 60K miles and it seems that on previous shock-equipped cars, I replaced them with fewer miles. Any suggestion about OEM vs good aftermarket types? Is there a simple test that can be done to determine their condition. I remember the old "push down on the corner and see how many oscillations you get" test. Is that valid here? Thanks.
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Old 11-14-2002, 06:57 PM
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Shock absorber life is dependant on way too many conditions to put any mileage figure down. Have seen cars with 150K miles that had ORIGINAL shocks that were still in good condition. The quality OR lack of quality highways will cause the most wear on shocks.
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Old 11-14-2002, 07:14 PM
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see the dealer

i don't know what your warranty is like but mine was good for 100,000 kms(62000 miles).of course when my troubles arose my odo was at 107,000 kms.go figure!doh!
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Old 11-14-2002, 08:15 PM
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I had a shock failure at 73K. It didn't wear out it actually failed. I bought the car at 63K so I don't know how the car was driven but it looked in good shape when I bought it.
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Old 11-14-2002, 08:48 PM
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Our 1990 190E 2.6 has 339,000 kilometers (211,000 miles), and sits on the original shocks. They are starting to get soft, and will need replacing this winter sometime.

Our 1998 C230 has 129,000 kilometers, and the shocks feel tight.
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Old 11-14-2002, 10:25 PM
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We haven't had shock wear problems, but the front right shock on our 2000 C230K broke after about 23,000 miles. I'm not sure if it was a pothole or if was defective, but either way the dealer replaced it under warranty.
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Old 11-15-2002, 06:33 PM
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Check your shocks for the manufacturer name stamped on the tube- (ie:Sachs, Bilstein.)

If they are Bilstein, no matter how old they are -they have a lifetime replacement warranty (with Bilstein- not Mercedes)

If they show signs of significant leaking, pull them out and send them to Bilstein requesting replacement under their warranty. Keep in mind that a small oily buildup on the shock tube is normal, and that is NOT covered.

You'll also have to find other transportation for the 1.5 week turn around time to get the replacements. I've done this a couple times on 2 Mercedes over the last 10 years with no problems.
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Old 11-16-2002, 09:32 AM
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Our 1990 190E 2.6 has 339,000 kilometers (211,000 miles), and sits on the original shocks. They are starting to get soft, and will need replacing this winter sometime.
Do you think you could post pics before and after?

I hear the 190E sits a lot higher after shock replacement


thanks!

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Old 11-16-2002, 01:19 PM
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If they are Bilstein, no matter how old they are -they have a lifetime replacement warranty (with Bilstein- not Mercedes)
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Does this apply to OEM shocks?
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If they are Bilstein, no matter how old they are -they have a lifetime replacement warranty (with Bilstein- not Mercedes)
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Does this apply to OEM shocks?
Nope.
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